Sunday, April 23, 2017

Guest Post Today

As many of you probably know, Covered in Love was one of the lucky recipients of quilts from the Hands2Help quilt drive last year.  CiL was blessed with 50 fabulous quilts and it was such a boost to our supply, so I was thrilled when Sarah invited me to write a post to encourage this year's quilters!

It's up today, so pop on over to Confessions of a Fabric Addict to see my guest post.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Quarter Cabins Finished


Just in time for the next block drive to start, I've got all the January-February quilts finished :)  The Jan/Feb block drive made quarter log cabin blocks in cool colors and those became 6 lovely quilts to comfort families who lose loved ones in the hospital!


Today I took pictures of the final 3 quilts to be finished.  These all finished at 60"x72" and were quilted with a quick stipple.


I went to work this week for the first time since the news article came out and a lot of the doctors, nurses, case managers, etc. said nice things to me about the project, so kudos to all you guys who help out!


Amanda from Louisiana has been a big supporter of CiL for a while now. Recently she sent me a bunch of yardage for backings from a store that was going out of business. There were some great fabrics in there, including this cool bee/leaf design that went perfectly with these quilts.


The current Covered in Love block drive is wrapping up soon, but there's still time to make blocks if you want to.  More info here


Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Oh Scrap!

Listening to...Alexi Murdoch. Some nice mellow music.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sew Some Love

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


I've been continuing to work on the "tulip" blocks DeeDee sent me.  I decided to add some more blocks to keep the flowers company in their garden.  The bird and frog blocks are from Lorna's Elephant Parade QAL.


I hope you had a great Easter! We had a nice day at home and I made a bunch of pickles from this book. Can't wait to try them!

Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Got the Blues

Happy Friday! I hope you haven't got the blues this week.


During the Jan/Feb Covered in Love block drive, for whatever reason, I ended up with an excess of blue blocks. Putting many of them together into a cool blue top seemed to be the best solution.


This quilt is blue with brown backing, so it will be perfect for some manly-man. No purple in sight!


Like all the block drive quilts, this one will be donated to dying patient in the hospital.  Thanks so much to every one who supports Covered in Love!

Covered in Love makes quilts of comfort.  The latest CiL block drive will run through April. If you want to help make blocks for grieving families we'd love to have you. More info here


Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Oh Scrap!

Listening to... Blue men.  Sticking with the theme.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sew Some Love

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


I got back into my UFOs this week and pulled out these tulip blocks Dee Dee sent me ages ago.  There were finished blocks, un-assembled pieces, and partially constructed blocks in all stages.


I needed to cut more 2.5" tone-on-tone white squares to finish the blocks, but my GO! Cutter made that a snap.  Now I've got (61) scrappy red tulip blocks ready to become a top.  I've got some fun ideas for this one.


I also got some more faded quarter cabin tops quilted, so with any luck I'll get at least one bound by Friday.  I want to say a special thank you to everyone who supports Covered in Love.  CiL has been getting some local media attention lately and there was a nice article in the Sunday paper this week. I couldn't do it without you guys :)


Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

New Block Drive Finishes

Another Friday and some new finishes to show! This time it's the first 2 quilts from the Jan/Feb Covered in Love block drive.  If you're interested in the block drives you can find the current one here.


During the Jan/Feb drive we made quarter log cabin blocks with a color fade and over 30 quilters sent in blocks.  I'm really thrilled with how these quilts came together. The colors are like jewel-tones.


Both these quilts finished at a nice size, 60"x72", and used fluffy wool batting.  These are the first two of what will be six quilts from the Jan/Feb block drive.


Spring is definitely here in Texas and the heat won't be far behind.  The end of my semester is sneaking up on me so fast now; it feels like this year has flown by! I hope things are going well and the weather is mild where ever you are.


Covered in Love makes quilts of comfort.  The latest CiL block drive will run through April. If you want to help make blocks for grieving families we'd love to have you. More info here


Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Oh Scrap!

Listening to...an old favorite. I was fortunate enough to see flamenco dancing in Spain years ago and was amazed by how powerful and striking it is. Far from the delicate, feminine skirt-fluffing you see in TV and movies.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sew Some Love Linkup

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


This week I finished sewing up the faded quarter cabin tops from the Jan/Feb blocks drive.  You can see them stacked at the bottom of the design wall in this picture, waiting for quilting.  These scrappy blocks were sent in by Priscilla from Connecticut and will soon be sewn up into a top as well.


Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

More Than Black and White


Happy weekend everybody!  I've got 2 finishes to show this weekend made from UFO projects that were donated to Covered in Love to finish up.


This one was made from a bunch of pre-cut black, white, and red fabrics.  I'm sorry to say I can't remember where these came from and my notes aren't detailed enough to tell me. If you donated these fabrics to me please comment and let me know! 


These black and white and bright blocks were paper pieced in some kind of bee or swap and came to me by way of Nancy R. from Tyler. 


Both of these used fluffy (donated) Quilter's Dream wool batting and were quilted up with a loose stipple.  Thanks to those that give to keep CiL going!


The weather is changing here. The A/C has been running and spring hail storms are popping up.  I saw this guy hanging out on the fence while I was taking quilt pictures.  He must have avoided our porch-cat so far, as he still has his tail!

Covered in Love makes quilts of comfort.  The latest CiL block drive will run through April. If you want to help make blocks for grieving families we'd love to have you. More info here


Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Oh Scrap!

Listening to... an old classic.  I work as a Dresser from time to time when touring shows come through Tyler and I got to work the stage show of Dirty Dancing the other day. I dressed "Baby" and had a great time. After that I had to watch the movie (yes, I confess I'd never seen it!).

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sew Some Love

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


Happy Wednesday! I've been working this week quilting some tops.  In between I put some of the block drive blocks that have come in up on the wall to play with.


I really like this color scheme and the texture in these blocks. If you want to join in and make a few blocks it's not too late! Details on the drive page.


Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sampler UFO-No Longer!

These sampler blocks have been waiting for a while to become a quilt, and at last their day has come!  This quilt will now be given to a grieving family through Covered in Love.


The sampler blocks are from 2 different people and I rounded them out with some coordinating fabric cuts and one stray faded quarter cabin.


The quilt finished 51"x64" and quilted up soft and cuddly!  Speaking of soft and cuddly...
 

Don't you just want to snuggle and smoosh your face on her? If only it weren't for those claws...


Covered in Love makes quilts of comfort.  The latest CiL block drive will run through April. If you want to help make blocks for grieving families we'd love to have you. More info here


Also, don't forget the Hands2Help drive is gearing up over at Sarah's blog. CiL was so blessed by this last year; please consider making a quilt for one of this year's charities. There are always fabulous prizes involved!

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Listening to... Shakespeare, as you've never seen him before! I've got tickets to see this in Dallas this summer :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sew Some Love

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


All my school classes this semester are divided into 4 modules with all the assignments being due at the end of each module.  Because I have all the self-discipline of a toddler, this effectively means I spend the time between deadlines ignoring my classes and then work like a dog the week before everything comes due at once... so that's what I did last week ;)

Rory conducts an important undercover investigation.
I did make some time for sewing, though.  I have been working on quilting some of the UFO tops.  I'm motivated to get something done for a finish on Friday!

Im-purrrr-tant working going on here.

Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 



Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hot and Cold Corners

I recently finished making the quilts from the Nov/Dec Covered in Love block drive, Hot and Cold Corners.  Three beautiful quilts to add to our stash, courtesy of quilters around the country!


All three measure 60"x72".   I quilted them with my signature quick stipple :)


The second and third quilt have a border, as that was the best way to use the blocks. In fact, I used every single one!


I had a little bit of that IKEA fabric with the birds left for the border of one quilt.These two used the wool batting I was gifted and they are so soft and fluffy!


Recently CiL has been working more and more with Southwest Transplant Alliance, the organ donation folks in our area.  Organ donation is so incredibly important, literally saving the lives of thousands of people.  It is a selfless, generous gift to make at such a personally painful time.  Organ donation families are giving to others, at the same time as they are losing something precious themselves.


The organ donation process, from declaration of brain death to decision for donation to removal of organs for transplant, can generally take a couple of days, during which time the deceased patient remains in the ICU and family can stay with them.  Chaplain Robert told me how well the quilts fit in with the whole process -- something small to give back to a family who are giving so much -- and something place over the patient, to honor and humanize them, while everyone waits for the recipients and transplant teams around the country to get in position.


Covered in Love makes quilts of comfort.  The latest CiL block drive will run through April. If you want to help make blocks for grieving families we'd love to have you. More info here!


Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Oh Scrap!

Listening to... I know the internet quilting community lost its collective mind the last couple years and all tried to make this insane paper-pieced quilt called Passacagalia.  But did you know Passacaglia is actually a type of music? Ever heard one?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sew Some Love

Welcome to the Sew Some Love linkup!  Please link-up any post about a project you're sewing for charity.


This week I've still been assembling tops.  You might have seen the post over the weekend about the UFO tops I get sewn.  Now I'm working on finishing the Faded Quarter Cabin tops from the Jan/Feb block drive.  Three of them are sewn into tops and 3 more have been laid out and stacked in order to run through the machine soon ;)


What have you been sewing for charity lately? Covered in Love has been so blessed by donations from quilters, I want you all to see what each other have going on!  For purposes of the linky, I'm going to define "charity" really generally.  If you're sewing a quilt for you co-worker's mom with cancer or your friend's uncle who lost his home, that totally counts!  Anything you're sewing out of the goodness of your heart for someone outside you immediate circle of family and friends. 




Some Quilt Charities:
Books and a Blanket - quilts for needy children in central Texas, promoting literacy
Covered in Love - quilts for mourning families
Kennel Quilts - small quilts for animals in need
Margaret's Hope Chest - several programs for children and adults
My Very Own Blanket - quilts for children in foster care
Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project - quilts auctioned to raise money for cancer research
Project Linus - quilts for children in the hospital
Quilts Beyond Borders -  quilts for poor children around the world
Quilts for Kids - quilts for abused and ill children
Quilts of Valor - quilts for veterans
Threading Hope - children and families in poverty and war torn countries
Victoria's Quilts - quilts for cancer patients
Wrap-a-Smile - quilts for children treated for cleft palate on medical missions
Wrap Them in Love - quilts for children

If you know of any that need added to the list let me know!